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Grateful Dead Live at Holleder Memorial Stadium on 1979-09-01

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Grateful Dead Live at Holleder Memorial Stadium on 1979-09-01

Topics Live concert

Mississippi Half Step-> Franklin's Tower, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Friend Of The Devil, Looks Like Rain, Don't Ease Me In, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Drums-> Wharf Rat-> I Need A Miracle-> Bertha-> Good Lovin', E: One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Holleder Memorial Stadium
Location Rochester, NY

Source Audience Recording


AUD>MC>DAT>CDR; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Willy


Reviewer: August West Wharf Rat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2016
Subject: What a great sounding aud!
I can't believe this is an AUD! from 79! sick. Why don't they all sound like this? must have been a great scene. Only reason it gets a 4 is short 2nd set! LESS OPENING BANDS AND IT WOULD/VE GIVEN THE BOYZ TIME TO STRETCH OUT!
Reviewer: ledborg - - August 9, 2015
Subject: Legitimate??
So, I downloaded the torrent file, imported it to iTunes and then to Spotify. Spotify matched many of the songs to songs from other live concerts. That said, this is an awesome collection of songs but I am afraid it may not really be from Holleder Stadium on Sept. 1, 1979. I was there, but too long ago to remember!
Reviewer: eastman66 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2015
Subject: Still holds up
This was one of the very first tapes I got, and as far as number of times heard, this show ranks pretty high up there, like I said it was one of the first tapes I got. Now here it is on the Archive and hell if it does'nt still holds up. This is a unique show- played in a small outdoor stadium in Upstate NY in the Fall.
Whether sparks are flying or not, for the most part I tend to favor performances where the band is really communicating well, this Rochester show has that in spades- and if there's an example of Garcia's statement "When Phil's happening, the band is happening", this is one. Lesh plays great counterpoint off Garcia all over the place. , And something tells me he's playing the custom Alembic bass (dubbed the God father) for this show. Weir is strong, as is the percussion. Great half step. A fluid and exemplary version of Scarlet>Fire taking up a good piece of "side A", plus what has to be one of the coolest breaks into "Wharf Rat" set this show apart. Nothing sounds off or forced here. Only downside is the performance shortening venue curfew, the still on training ground sailor>saint, and the set list commonality of the early Brent period. But don't let that keep you from digging into 9/1/79. This one has some fine music to hear.
Reviewer: cosmicharIie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2012
Subject: a brand new CM upgrade coming soon
A sweet show and that will hopefully be made into a finer Matrix! Then it will be *****
Reviewer: My Uncle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2011
Subject: Wow! I've been looking for this show for years.
Thanks to this site for fulfilling a 50 yr old man's quest for a show from when he was 19. What a blast for my friends - I remember the 4 guys I went to this show with. It's a no-brainer...

Bless you.
Reviewer: Purple Gel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 6, 2010
Subject: Great Show. Check out Scarlet>Fire
What a great sounding Aud....Crystal Clear!! What a difference a half day makes. After the disappointing show at Glenn Falls the previous night, this show proved to be an awesome experience.

It was my 19th birthday and I was glad to be in Rochester after the previous night. This was the only east coast outdoors show of the year, and the crowd was ready. Unfortunately, while the Greg Kihn Band was ok, ( Pretty much Straight Up Rock & Roll), the Good Rats sucked and when they started throwing rubber rats into the crowd things got ugly with Dead Heads throwing trash back at them.

With the cops on top of surrounding buildings spying on the crowd and someone falling off the stands into the prking lot and breaking their back, this show had a real Fear And Loathing atmosphere.

The Dead did not disappoint this day, a rather short 2nd set due to the sundown curfew, but some great playing. First set is solid with great 1/2 step->>Franklin's and FOTD. Second set is stellar!!

The Scarlet->>Fire is long (31 Min) And unique. The Scarlet is slower than usual and very well played. Phil teases the Fire intro and Jerry vetoes it and we're treated to a nice 3 1/2 jam that features Jerry's "wah wah" Fire sound. It's not quite Fire yet and it isn't really Scarlet either, but you know there's fire on the way, this is very sweet, and is different from any other version I have heard. Phil is very prevalent throughout the set and drives the jam. The Fire is funky and long, and the jam transitions nicely into drums. Jerry's final solo is just perfect.

The space jam is great and the transition to one of the great Wharf Rats is flawless and powerful, as opposed to the slow mellow start that the song usually recieved.The end of the set , while very standard ( Miracle/Bertha/Good Love) Is well played with a lot of enthusiasm.

Maybe this version has been upgraded but I found the sound on this aud to be excellent, and I can hear Phil and the drums just fine.
Reviewer: SensualguyinOhio - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2007
Subject: what a night
first week at U of R - remember it like it was yesterday - amazing
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavorite - October 11, 2007
Subject: Yikes
Simply awful.

Reviewer: majordomo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 10, 2007
Subject: scarlet/fire!
scarlet/fire clocks in at over 30 minutes--garcia is mind boggling on this. nice source too.
Reviewer: MCMRULES - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2006
Subject: Toss the SBD
I had the SBD of this and I just tossed it into the garbage. The AUD is far superior. I can't believe it's a 79. This has to be one of the best primitive AUDs out there. Word is Bond!
Reviewer: keysareme - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2006
Subject: Yes, it is magic.
I am really loving the sound on this audience recording. Highly highly recommended to anyone.

A sbd/aud matrix of this show would be awwweeesome!!!! :)

Reviewer: Patty Falafal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2006
Subject: love this...
Too bad they tore down the old concrete slab with bleacher seats. It was originally owned by the high school I graduated from (it was used for high school footbal/pro soccer-the old Rochester Lancers of the NASL/concerts) it is now a business park...Don Holleder (as in Holleder Stadium)is a local football and war hero, really a tremndous story...anyhow this a good recording of a good show... is there anything better than when the boys played YOUR town? I think not...
Reviewer: Geoffsky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2006
Subject: Genesee Country
Does any body remember the Genesse Beer trucks ? Everywhere around the rim of the stadium were trucks pouring BIG buckets of Genessee beer (Rochester brewed) something like $2.00 or $2.50 a pop. That and the J.D from the wine sack makes memory of this one a little blurry

The night before in the parking lot I was haunted by the most beautiful hallucination of a girl. If I was an artist I'd be able to draw her. The look on my face when it happened really freaked my friends out more than me.

My lasting indellible, through the fog, memory of this show will always be the Wharf Rat. Little did I know that in a number of years that song would take a whole new meaning in life. Me and August West been good buds for 15 years now.
Reviewer: fiyo fiyo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2005
Subject: great sound
does anyone know of any other aud tapes that sound this good?? if so please let me know... i'd love to get a hold of them.... peace guys...
Reviewer: xtd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2005
Subject: when AUD is better than SBD
If all auds sounded like this, the complaints over no more sdb's would end. It's sweet to feel as if the audience and band are in your livingroom. Crank it.

Whoever mastered this show is a hero. Thank you.
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